01 October 2008: Arts Council announces new arts documentary scheme for film artists

The Arts Council today launched Reel Art, an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with an opportunity to make highly creative and imaginative documentaries on an artistic theme.  Operated in association with Filmbase and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art will support three films with a grant of up to €80,000 per project.  Reel Art films will be made for theatrical exhibition and will be premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February 2010.

Speaking about the scheme, Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and International Arts, said "Reel Art offers film artists a unique opportunity to make documentary films on the arts that are imaginative and aesthetically-driven.  It is a scheme for creating art about art and for making films that would not otherwise get made."

A successor to the Documenting the Arts scheme, Reel Art will support projects that explore the arts in a visually exciting and creative way.  A key aim of Reel Art is to complement, rather than replicate, the documentary and other funding programmes offered by the Arts Council, broadcasters and funding agencies in Ireland. 

Further details and application forms for Reel Art are available on the Reel Art website www.reelart.ie or from Filmbase, the operator of the scheme, www.filmbase.ie.  Applications should be sent in hardcopy to Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 before 17:00 on Wednesday, 5 November 2008. 

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